The CAC, Centre of Contemporary Art of Malaga hosts in its spaces the first retrospective exhibition in Spain of the Belgian artist Ben Sledsens, which has been curated by Fernando Francés and can be visited until next September 11, 2022.
The show consists of a selection of 16 pieces made by Sledsens from 2018 to the present, among which stand out Wanderer with Bird (2022), Shooting Apples (2019-2020), Wolf in the Deep Forest (2021), or Hunted Deer (2020-2021); since they clearly show the themes that characterize the work of this artist, such as landscapes, portraits and animal representations.
Sledsens’ work takes place amidst a profound inspiration in his daily life, but also with evocations of fantastic environments, almost typical of a childish imagination, with which this artist expresses his particular conception of life. Likewise, in his works you can observe a wide knowledge on the history of art, since in them appear reminiscences of artists like Matisse, or Monet; as well as a good command of the different pictorial techniques, by combining the use of oil and acrylic, among other techniques.
Ben Sledsend studied painting at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Antwerp, and has participated in various group and individual exhibitions, including “Pulling Ropes and Ringing Bells”, held at Tim Van Laere Gallery in Antwerp, Belgium in 2016; “Before The Crow Crows” held at Nino Mier Gallery in Los Angeles, USA in 2017; “Two Trees”, also held at Tim Van Laere Gallery in Antwerp, Belgium in 2018; “Seven Trees, Yellow Pond” held at WT Foundation in Kiev, Ukraine in 2021; and “Ben Sledsens” held at the Kunstmuseum in Lucerne, Switzerland also in 2021.
Undoubtedly this exhibition is a good opportunity to know the work of this interesting Belgian artist, whose work has a powerful future in the world of contemporary art.
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Text: Guillermo Gonzalez Rivas.
Photos: from Cac Málaga. / Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp.
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